I have to admit that my blogging has been somewhat lacklustre and inconsistent of late.
There has been a lot going on and some days I honestly feel as though I have lost my blogging ‘mojo’. In fact, when my website hosting fees were up for renewal last month, I really started questioning what I planned to do (I’m still here so I guess you already know my decision).
I have been taking more ‘breaks’ from blogging than I would like to. While my aim is to have a new post on the blog each week on Tuesday, this hasn’t been the case lately.
But I’ve realised that these things happen for a reason and giving myself some time to focus on other things in my world also provides me with some clarity. Giving myself time and the permission to find ‘me’ again means the pressure is off and often in turn the creative juices start flowing and my writing starts coming more easily again.
Sometimes I just put pen to paper and let it all out when the thoughts strike and, although sometimes those posts never make it to the screen, it’s still good to let it all out. Because that is what writing does for me.
I’d love to be able to commit more time to this blog, both for me and my readers, but I know that that time still lies ahead and I’ll get there, eventually.
Today I’m continuing my series – Living Loving Making Baking. I’ve had some positive feedback that people enjoy the links to recipes, books and craft projects so I plan to continue giving you a monthly update on what I have been up to lately – things I’m loving, what I’m currently reading or watching, sewing and crochet projects, yummy baking and dinner recipes I have come across and so on.
Here’s what’s happening in my world right now:
Loving – I’m loving that Spring is here. It’s one of my favourite season (next to Autumn). I love seeing the colours of spring flowers popping up in my garden while sitting outside in the sunshine and soaking up some of that beautiful warmth. Although I’m not loving being taunted with a few sunny, gorgeous days only to be thrown back into cold winter weather again. I only wish I had got myself organised and planted a few more bulbs in my garden, such as some bluebells. Oh well, there’s always next year!
Watching – With the Game of Thrones season over so quickly, and it looking like there will be a really long wait for the next season, I’m not really watching much right now. October can’t come soon enough for me with the return of Supernatural and Stranger Things 2. A TV show that we are enjoying as a family on a Sunday night is Little Big Shots – it’s quite nice to see a show that doesn’t promote competition between children, just kids showcasing their talents, and Shane Jacobson is rather amusing too.
Reading – With three girls, one almost a teenager, I was recently recommended by a paediatrician to read The Princess Bitchface Syndrome by Michael Carr-Gregg as well as Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman. Straight away, I placed a hold on both books at my local library and am currently reading the latter and will pick up the other book this week. I find this is a great way to ‘test’ out books before I commit to buying them, but I daresay they will be books that I’ll probably invest in.
Baking – I came across this great recipe for Bailey’s fudge on the weekend from Create Bake Make and while I haven’t made it yet, I plan to very soon! Baileys has a special space in my
stomach heart, alongside Nutella and Toblerone 😉 I think this would also make a great Christmas gift for a teacher.
Making – Guess what?! I finally started crocheting that navy blue infinity scarf I have been talking about. I’m about half way through but have lacked time lately to complete any more … at this rate it will probably be ready in time for next winter! I also bought three balls of bamboo cotton last week and plan to turn this yarn into a few kitchen dish cloths. At the moment I make my own cleaning products and use microfibre cloths which I change every couple of days and wash, but I’ve heard some great things about making your own cloths from cotton yarn so when I saw it on special at Spotlight last week I grabbed a few for my next project.
Listening – I’m a bit of a Taylor Swift fan and love her new song ‘Look What You Made Me Do’. I also had one very excited Miss 12 hanging out for its release so I downloaded it from iTunes on the afternoon it dropped and it’s been on constant repeat in our house ever since!
Discovering – Did you know it’s only 16 weeks until Christmas?! It’s going to be here super fast because I find the last term of the school year is always super busy … and the end of Term 3 is only a few short weeks away! So I’ve decided to make a start on my Christmas shopping nice and early this year and buy a few presents each month, with my plan to have it all done by the start of December. I’m hoping this will reduce my stress levels and also be a bit kinder on the budget by spreading out the costs over the next few months.
Have a great week ahead!
How have you been feeling lately? Have you started your Christmas shopping? Any book recommendations?
Linking up with Kylie Purtell for IBOT.